Sunday, 10 June 2018

Beer in 1896

Right. Have to make this quick. 17 minutes until I really need to leave for the airport.

Here's the text to go with the table I posted a couple of days ago.

Notice how they big up UK beer exports, and play down those of the Central Powers. " if we treat Austria and Hungary as one country"? Surely it effing was. "a mere exchange of products to suit the tastes of the mixed races on each other’s frontiers"? That's borderline racist. (Border - frontier. I know a shit joke because I needed to explain it..

Got to rush. Need to write Monday's post before I bugger off.

Spot the odd gender thing embedded in the text.

The statistics of beer are more complete and satisfactory than are those of wine. We have already given the figures of the production of 1896 (Brewer’s Journal, vol. xxxiii, No. 387, page 641). The Blue Book figures for that year, so far as they are given, are substantially the same as our own; but, as the figures for a series of rather more than ten years are now given, as well as information about the export and import of the different countries, and the consumption as distinct from the production, we reproduce the official figures for the information of our readers :—

[missing table]

In some cases, as in the United Kingdom for instance, these figures represent not the actual bulk gallons produced, but the oflicial standard gallons charged with duty. The difierence is, however, immaterial, nor is there in most cases any great difference between the figures representing the production and those giving the quantity consumed. In most countries the beer produced is all consumed at home, and as it is seldom now stored for any extended period the annual production corresponds closely with the annual consumption. The only countries that export beer in any considerable quantity are Great Britain, Germany, and Austria, and even in their case the proportion is trifling compared with their production. The exports of Austria are to a large extent only to Hungary, and a good deal of the export trade of both Germany and Austria is a mere exchange of products to suit the tastes of the mixed races on each other’s frontiers.

The export of beer from Germany appears to be steadily declining, and the imports as steadily increasing. Last year, indeed, if we treat Austria and Hungary as one country, Germany imported nearly as much beer as all the other European countries combined, and her exports only exceeded her imports by about 2,000,000 gallons, representing less than two-tenths per cent. of her total production. Great Britain is the only country where there is a substantial excess of exports over imports, the excess representing a little more than one and half per cent; of her total production. This export trade is mainly to non-European countries, and has remained practically stationary for the last ten years. It will be observed that, while the comsumption of wine remains stationary, or is even relatively steadily increasing, and ate considerably greater rate even than the increase of the population. The total quantity of beer produced in 1896, as recorded in the returns given, was nearly 3,600,000,000 gallons, and the productions of Holland and Russia are not included. Including these, and also the small quantities produced in the Balkan States, the 103,012,000 barrels which we estimated (B.J., loc. cit.) as the production of Europe in 1896 closely agrees with the official figures."
"The Brewers' Journal, 1898", page 74.

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